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Comparing forever vs. pm2

How are they different?

Here we compare between forever and pm2. In this comparison we will focus on the latest versions of both packages. The current versions are forever 0.15.3 and pm2 2.4.1.

forever, A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given node script runs continuously (i.e. forever). It was authored by Charlie Robbins on Dec, 2010.
pm2, Production process manager for Node.JS applications with a built-in load balancer. It was authored by Strzelewicz Alexandre on Jun, 2013.

When comparing both packages you notice that pm2 is the more popular package today (17,480 Stars on Github).
forever has been out there for longer (since 6 years ago), it also has a bigger community of maintainers, less dependencies, more weekly downloads, more monthly downloads, less open issues and less open pull requests.
On the other hand, pm2 has more versions, more frequent updates, more daily downloads, more stars on Github, more followers on Github and more forks.

In our review forever got 482,665 points and pm2 got 354,424 points. The points are a summary of how big the community is and how well the package is maintained.

Lets dive deeper and have a look at some more details on both packages.

Going into more detail

 

forever
0.15.3
NPM

pm2
2.4.1
NPM

description A simple CLI tool for ensuring that a given node script runs continuously (i.e. forever) Production process manager for Node.JS applications with a built-in load balancer.
keywords cli, fault tolerant, sysadmin, tools cli, fault tolerant, sysadmin, tools, pm2, logs, log, json, express, hapi, kraken, reload, microservice, programmatic, harmony, node-pm2, production, keymetrics, node.js monitoring, strong-pm, deploy, deployment, daemon, supervisor, nodemon, pm2.io, ghost, ghost production, monitoring, process manager, forever, profiling, probes, forever-monitor, keep process alive, process configuration, clustering, cluster cli, cluster, cron, devops, dev ops
author Charlie Robbins Strzelewicz Alexandre
Comparison
licenses MIT AGPL-3.0
created 6 years ago (Dec, 2010) 4 years ago (Jun, 2013)
modified 13 hours ago 3 hours ago
total versions 43 190
version average every 2 months every 7 days
maintainers 5 1
dependencies 15 26
Daily Downloads 25,152 25,856
Weekly Downloads 191,783 138,963
Monthly Downloads 724,531 501,190
open issues 210 301
open pull requests 16 22
stargazers 9,258 17,480
subscribers 274 560
forks 685 1,329
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Points
Overall points

482,665

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354,424

Points
CLI Shortcuts
install npm i -S forever npm i -S pm2
remove npm r -S forever npm r -S pm2

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